Mission Statement

The Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA) is dedicated to promoting excellence in doctoral psychology internship training within university and college counseling centers. Fundamental to our values is appreciation of and support for diversity, and the enrichment an inclusive multicultural community brings to the organization and to training generally. As an organization, we dedicate ourselves to attending to the impact of oppression and privilege and are committed to addressing these issues within the organization, in the training community, and beyond. 

ACCTA aims to:

  • Help internship programs succeed in providing interns with professional competencies in health service psychology in college mental health settings and beyond
  • Enhance interns’ learning experiences through innovative methodologies and technologies
  • Strive for fair and ethically sound training and supervision
  • Seek best practices in training and supervision
  • Provide technical, professional, and moral support for Training Directors 

ACCTA was established in 1978.  It is an active and vibrant participant in national events and discussions regarding training in psychology, and liaises with many related organizations that affect psychology education and training. We represent one of the largest single training settings for APA-Accredited internships in the United States with 184 members who administrate sites offering more than 500 doctoral internship slots in psychology.

ACCTA has grown tremendously over the course of its existence.  We welcome new members who have established internship programs or those interested in developing new sites.  The organization provides access to knowledge, experience, resources and mentoring for university and college counseling center psychology internships. Our website has a vast amount of useful content about current trends in psychology training and education, training resources, and diversity issues important to our programs and our organization.

ACCTA is a thriving organization that prizes collaboration, attunement to a healthy and diverse culture, and support of multiple voices to inform our processes and outcomes. We strive to engage in the ongoing and fluid process of working to create open and welcoming space for our members, liaisons and guests.

ACCTA is a wonderful organization in which to develop your internship as well as to develop yourself as a training director. Many of our members refer to ACCTA as their professional home and the best avenue to get the validation and collaboration that is important to doing our jobs well.  We invite you to become an active member by, for example, joining a committee, participating in the conversations on the general membership listserv, becoming a mentor or conference connector, or serving on the board.  We welcome you to ACCTA and look forward to having you be a part of our inclusive and supportive community.


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